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Assembly notes - 2 May

02 May 2017


Head Prefect asks the school to stand. Greets the school. Asks for silence as he does a prayer. He then announces the national anthem. Sing. He then asks the school to sit.

Activity Report

Tim Goodman

In the last week of the holidays the College sailing team took part in the Secondary Schools 420 class Teams racing Nationals in Northland. Six boats from two different teams raced in short 10 to 15 minute races with the aim of tactically defeating your opponent so that your combined team score when places are added together equal 10 or less for each race. After 40 races the College team won 15 races in total giving them 12th place out of 15 in the bronze fleet. Overall, the 33rd out of 36 participating teams after six continuous days of competition was a memorable and very rewarding experience for this young team of mostly year 10 and 11 boys.

The College Senior waterpolo side travelled to Wellington in the holidays for the National schools competition. College was the only representative from the South Island in the A grade. In pool play there were three defeats with two narrow losses to Auckland Grammar (8-6) and Mt Maunganui College (9-6).  In playoff matches College then had two wins over Hamilton BHS and Mt Albert Grammar before a final loss to Kings College. Overall the College side finished 12th at their first National tournament in a number of years.

The winter season is well underway with a number of sports having preseason and competition matches.

The 1st XI hockey side travelled to Melbourne Grammar for a preseason tournament. The squad enjoyed a successful week and returned home as tournament winners. In pool play the team won all four matches before defeating Scotch College, Adelaide 5-2 in the semifinal. In the final the team played Hale School, Perth and in a tough match the College side eventually came out on top 3-1.  The 1st XI will play their first local match on Friday against St Andrews while all other teams will also have their first matches of the season.

During the holidays the Canterbury U18 hockey trials were held with the following College players making the two teams – Louis Beckert, Lewey Heale, Nic Lidstone, Henry Phelps, Lars Dalley and Will Duston. Congratulations to these boys.  

The 1st and 2nd XV travelled to Nelson last week for their final preseason camp before their first competition game. The 2nd XV played a preseason match against Nelson College 2nd XV and won a very close match by 17-15. The 1st XV played their first match of the UC championship and in an incredibly tight contest, College lost the match 22-21 to begin their season. This weekend is club day for the College rugby club with all teams playing at home. The 1st XV will play against St Thomas at 2.30pm.

Football has had three rounds of games to date with the latest round occurring on the weekend. The 2nd XI benefitted from a two day training camp at the end of last week to defeat St Bedes 2nd XI by 6-0. Goal scorers were Roberto O’Shannessey, Lachy Duff, Mitchell Sammut, Harry McGurk and two to Owen Rees. Other teams had close matches without managing to pick up a win with the 14A side drawing their match 1 all with Waimak United thanks to an Archie Franks goal.

On Wednesday the 1st XI side play their opening match of the season against Rangiora HS.

Four of the College basketball sides began their season on Saturday. The Senior A side are involved in both the U23 and U20 competition while there are teams in the U17 and U15 grades. Both the U23 and U20 sides were missing key players with the U23 losing by 97-70. Sam Julian played very well for the U20 side in their loss to Pioneer while Mason Whitaker played an outstanding game for the U17 side. Hamish Patterson shot a number of 3 pointers for the U15 side in their loss to Shirley Spartans.

It is a busy time at the start of the term with all winter sports getting organised for the season ahead. Please keep an eye on notices through email and on the sport noticeboard to ensure you are aware of meeting and practice times for your sport.

Student Speaker

Ben Aitken - speaking about the schedule for the Arts and Culture Committee for this term

Hey boys, my name is Ben Aitken, and i’m speaking as a representative of the arts and culture committee this year.

The committee aims to promote a student lead arts program around the school, which is not dependant on the work of a select group of boys. To ensure this each member of the committee will have specific role to play.

This also means you will have a boy in each house who you can go talk to surrounding any ideas you might have for arts and culture in the school.

This term, the arts committee will be holding an Arts Week in week 3, and will also be introducing art displays, and movie nights for boarders.

Arts week is a chance for boys to experience a side of college, they may not see on an everyday basis, and also gives boys a chance to demonstrate hidden talents. With that in mind i’m issuing a call to all boys interested in photography to choose some of your works be it, for school or personal and deliver the file to Mrs. Banks in the Library for printing and distribution around the school.

Stay tuned around school for more information on Arts Week - there may be some spot prizes to win.


Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award

Jonathan Currie - Bronze
Patrick Coates - Bronze
Sam Cameron-Dunn - Sliver

Sports Awards

Hockey Trophy presented to Lewey Heale for the 1st XI winning the Melbourne Grammar School tournament
New Zealand Athletics selections - Cody House and Sam Kin

Executive Principal concluding comments

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